Research Guide for

Course Text Resources for Faculty


Use this guide to search for free or low cost sources to replace or supplement your current textbooks.

Open Textbook Repositories & More

Open textbooks are a great way to make a one-for-one swap with traditional high-cost textbooks. Open textbooks are free to download and low-cost to print. 

OER Commons
One of the largest repositories of Open Educational Resources on the Web. Includes textbooks, lectures, labs, case studies, activities, and more.

Open Textbook Library
Minnstate participates in this repository hosted by the University of Minnesota. The site encourages users to leave reviews of textbooks to help in the vetting process.

OpenStax College
OpenStax College logoOpenStax College is an initiative from Rice University that publishes peer-reviewed open textbooks for introductory courses along with additional resources like slides and test banks. OpenStax partners with print-on-demand services to print bound versions at a lower cost than traditional textbooks.  

MERLOT II is an international repository of all kinds of open educational resources including textbooks. The Advanced Search page allows you to limit your search to textbooks written with a lower-division college audience in mind.

OpenTextBookStore (Math) and MyOpenMath

OpenTextBookStore is a list of open textbooks for math courses that have already been vetted for use in college courses.

MyOpenMath is a free online interactive math homework platform aligned to work with many of the texts from OpenTextBookStore.

MIT Open Textbooks
This site lists the open textbooks used in MIT's open courseware program. This can be an especially good resource for STEM courses.

Mason OER Metafinder
The Mason OER Metafinder helps you find OER by searching 22 different sources in real-time. 

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 114 different sources and contains 440,452 records.

Minnesota State Open Textbook Resources

​Opendora, developed by PALS, is a digital archive for open educational resources that serves as a central repository for Minnesota State faculty and librarians to leverage licensed open educational resources (OER) with the ability to access, load, and share material.

Minnesota State OER Sharepoint
​Minnesota State promotes textbook affordability for students at Minnesota State colleges and universities by supporting and facilitating adoption of open, low-cost, high-quality materials. We strive to do through faculty development, adequate resources, and grants.

Minnesota State OER Twitter
​Stay up to date with activities and projects involving OER in the Minnesota State system.

Library Databases with E-Books

Gale eBooks
Gale eBooks is a collection of full-text e-books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference books in biography, history, literature, medicine, and more.

Salem Press
Online database of full-text reference e-books on history, health, literature, and science.

ABC-CLIO eBook Collection
This e-book collection, spun off from the Daily Life Through History database, covers daily life in many time periods and regions of the world, cultural customs, and the histories of particular countries.   

Gale Literature Databases
Gale Literature Databases searches all these literature resources at once: Gale Literature Criticism, Literature Resource Center, Litfinder, Scribner Writers Series, Twayne's Author Series, Something About the Author Online, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

eBooks Collection (EBSCOHost)
A collection of full text e-books covering a variety of topics. The collection is available 24/7, allowing access to the online version of many popular books.


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